[ sheeth ]
/ ʃið /

verb (used with object), sheathed, sheath·ing.

to put (a sword, dagger, etc.) into a sheath.
to plunge (a sword, dagger, etc.) in something as if in a sheath.
to enclose in or as if in a casing or covering.
to cover or provide with a protective layer or sheathing: to sheathe a roof with copper.
to cover (a cable, electrical connector, etc.) with a metal sheath for grounding.


Nearby words

  1. sheath,
  2. sheath knife,
  3. sheath of eyeball,
  4. sheath of schwann,
  5. sheathbill,
  6. sheathing,
  7. sheaths,
  8. sheave,
  9. sheaves,
  10. sheba

Origin of sheathe

1350–1400; Middle English shethen, derivative of sheath

Related formssheath·er, noun

Can be confusedsheath sheathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sheathe


/ (ʃiːð) /

verb (tr)

to insert (a knife, sword, etc) into a sheath
(esp of cats) to retract (the claws)
to surface with or encase in a sheath or sheathing
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Word Origin and History for sheathe



c.1400, "to furnish (a sword, etc.) with a sheath," from sheath; meaning "to put (a sword, etc.) in a sheath" is attested from early 15c. Related: Sheathed; sheathing.

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